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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Willow Tree


A stone throw away from Souled Out Hartamas is a gem that is now becoming our fave hangout. Plenty of parking, there some hearty food, bottled beers and most of all Shalom is welcomed! And come Fridays, there's live music to entertain too other than the very friendly and entertaining bunch of folks working at the Willow Tree.

A corner lot that one can easily opt to sit in or in our case sit out so the young one can be with us. Nice folks who actually offered the Diva some iced water after noting that she was kinda hot from her walk behind Willow Tree (plenty of parking behind Willow Tree too).
Shalom is a happy child since she is allowed to dine with us at Willow Tree. Gets to sit on the chair instead of some so called furkids friendly places who insist the furkids sit on the floor.
Kicked off our Friday evening with Jopen Jacobus Rye Pale Ale. Light caramel touch to it making it an easy drinking beer to unwind the week and to go with our hearty English pub noms. There is also the usual drafts including Tiger, Kilkenny and Guinness...house whites and reds...cocktails...so drinks are not a problem!
 
Nicely chilled with a nice caramel touch to it, the Jopen Jacobus Rye Pale Ale is perfect on its own and definitely a perfect accompaniment to some awesome savouries.

Serving sizes are fair at Willow Tree so sharing a few dishes among friends will be a good idea.  In our case in view that it was just the two of us during our first visit, we were lucky to have some tasting portions as I was honestly eyeing quite a few other dishes. Do also check out the lunch menu if you are in the vicinity during lunch...they have some lovely roast pork served with chunky chips! While weekend breakfast includes happy meals of sausages, bacons, eggs B and more priced between RM8 and RM22.

Our dinner on Friday are as follows. No complains except I wished for more room in my tummy (and that I could drink more if not for a strict self imposed rule of only 1 serving of alcohol on the eve of my training days). Still it was a good experience...
Willow Tree 8oz beef burger with chunky fries, onion rings and a choice of mushrooms, cheddar or blue cheese RM25. My obvious choice was blue cheese and heck it is one good burger. Ask for it to be medium or medium rare. Don't waste too much time taking pics...Just dig in!
Willow Tree serves good onion rings...something that we hardly find these days. So simple yet so many places get it wrong! This is a lovely crisp thin batter and juicy onions.
I don't like fishcakes as a general rule but the Salmon Fishcakes served with tomato, onion and herb salsa RM12 / RM19 has me totally smitten.
A nice rich salmon, potato, onions, peas and more to make it a satisfying bite. So good I could eat it even without the salsa. A happy reminder of good ol fashion bergedil that my maid used to whip out for me the 'hate fish' kiddo when I was a child.
Grilled chicken kebabs RM12 / RM19 served with tangy tzatziki. Good starters to go with beer.
Fish and chips. Simple and satisfying for kids and adults alike. What matters most is the batter isn't overly thick and remains crisp till the last bite while the fish is all nice and juicy.
Classic Chicken Tikka Masala. have it with rice or potatoes...I prefer these old fashion thick cut chips. Its tender pieces of meat and a hearty spiced gravy will have you craving for more.

Willow Tree is not a new player in town but its certainly a well kept secret in Hartamas. So head on over folks for some good hearty meals that won't burn a hole in your pocket. And on Sundays, there's the must have Sunday Roasts of rib eye beef with Yorkshire puddings! 
Willow Tree Bistro
No 22 Wisma Rapid 
Jalan 30/70A
Desa Sri Hartamas
Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 6201 2330

Full set of pics in the Facebook album Willow Tree.

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